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Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzies

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As part of Advent we are doing MORE baking:

Hi! My name is Isabella Ruth. Some people Call me Izzie Ru, Izziebella, Iz but most call me Izzie. I will be 2 in January!

I have 2 siblings, a sister 18 months older than me and a brother 2 days shy of being 1 year younger. I love my family! Today was a fun day. Maggie, my big sister, went to our Nanna’s house for her “Nanna Day”. YAY! That means me and Mommie get to hang out. Shortly after Mags left, J went down for a nap and we started our fun.

Today we decided to make cookies for tonight’s cookie swap! We searched through lots of recipes and landed on these:
{we had all the ingredients at home and didn’t have to go out to the grocery store}

1st picture is where the recipe we used and the 2nd is the look we were going for.
If you know anything about my mom you know…it didn’t turn out exactly like we planned ;o)

Holiday Icebox Cookies: {Renamed “Dizzie Izzie’s” by my Mommie}

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, plus an extra egg white for “glue”
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups flour, plus more for work surface
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Food coloring, in various colors

~~~~~I SUGGEST READING THE DIRECTIONS IN THEIR ENTIRETY FOR BETTER TURN OUTS THAN US~~~~~

Directions
Using the electric mixer, mix the butter and the sugar until creamy. Add the eggs
{we made the mistake of adding the extra egg white–> DO NOT do that! Save it for later.} and the salt, and mix well.
Beat in milk and vanilla.
Add flour a little at a time, mixing it in until all of it has been incorporated.
Let it mix well. Don’t be in a rush. Don’t forget to scrap the sides of your bowl to incorporate everything.
Grab a drink. Just watch it until it’s well blended.

If you’re like me, it will get a little messy. Have a towel nearby for cleaning up counter and you will want to wear an apron as well.
{Since we messed up by adding the egg white we tried to make the recipe less sticky by adding an extra cup of flour. If helped but didn’t totally fix it. The reviews at the bottom of the recipe says it turned out sticky for some people who hadn’t make our mistake so maybe our attempt at fixing it will help you if your dough is a bit sticky}
*We ended up chilled the dough for a long time! {over night to be exact} while we made our back-up cookies for the cookie swap. Find those here.
While {IF} you are waiting for you dough to thicken up by chilling it you can always take care of those babes or other chores you have.
Catch up on your emailing or blog reading!
Go get a pedicure!
When your dough is ready…
Divide the dough into balls, one for each color. We only colored 1/2 with red. But you can do lots of colors or even for chocolate dough, add cocoa (1/4 cup is enough to flavor half a batch). Mix well with electric mixer. For colored dough, start with 1/4 teaspoon food coloring, and mix well. Add more in tiny amounts for darker colors. Gel-paste coloring can be intense, so add it gradually.
Wrap each ball of dough in its own sheet of plastic wrap; pat flat into a rectangle. Refrigerate at least one hour or until ready to use.
Parchment or waxed paper makes a good work surface. Sprinkle generously with flour, then roll out each piece of dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick to make the swirls; you can use thicker layers for the bull’s-eyes.
Have no idea what this thing was but they suggest using “The bench scraper”. They say it “is a good tool for trimming dough’s edges to make them even.”
We just rolled our 2 colors out when painted on {yet another} egg white as glue. The egg white, brushed on with a pastry brush, will act as a glue, making the layers stick together.
{Sorry, we didn’t picture the next few steps. It got a lil crazy. We needed both hands}
The recipe says, “For center, with your hands, roll chocolate dough into a 1/2- to 1 1/2- inch-thick rod; chill 20 minutes. Place rod on edge of rolled-out dough that’s been brushed with egg white.
Roll rod inside sheet of dough. Cut the dough where it meets up. Seal by pinching and pressing gently. Chill 20 minutes, then repeat to add other layers. To decorate, go to step 7, or jump to step 8 for plain.
For spirals, measure and trim two or more colors of dough to same size. Brush on egg white, then stack layers. Brush top with egg white. Starting at one end, roll up the dough.
Smooth and straighten the layers as you roll them so there are no gaps, then gently pinch and press the edge of the roll to seal it. Now the dough is ready to decorate.”
{We didn’t have a “1/2-1 1/2 inch-thick rod and failed to read about how you should chill {again} before laying}
DON’T HAVE A ROD???
After they were rolled out, we picked up the entire red layer and plopped it on top of the entire white layer, attempting to make them as even as we could.
We then trimmed any edges that didn’t have a layer of each color.
Now that we had a double-Decker block, we scooped one end up off the counter using a Rachel Ray scrape shovel tool. We used some flour between the scrape shovel and the dough as we scooped it off the counter as we rolled.
We we had one weird looking roll we chopped it into 3 sections {the middle looking the best as opposed to the sprawling end pieces}
Each roll as wrapped in some parchment paper and frozen for a few hours. While you wait you can of course go read a good book or some relaxing activity you enjoy.
When the dough was set we were so ready to bake and eat them we almost forgot to add some toppings.
The original recipe says, “Add your favorite toppings (try coconut, colored sanding sugar, chopped nuts, or chocolate sprinkles): Spread topping in baking sheet, brush dough with egg white, and roll the log in topping.”
but if you haven’t learned anything about our baking skills, we don’t always follow along well.
We started chopping cookies off the logs using the ____ before rolling in sprinkles and we definitely forgot the egg glue.
After quickly dabbing the edges and the tops of the cookies in sprinkles off of a cookie sheet before chunking them on a sprayed pan and baking for about 10min @ 350′.
Here is our cookie turn out:
Not too shabby.
What did you do with those pieces you cut off at the beginning you ask?
Chop them up!!! Yep, chop them and then bake them for ~10min @ 350′ as well. This is the cookie version of chips and dip!
You could hand out little bags of these with a can of frosting to friends or just have a bowl of them out at your party with a bowl of frosting next to it! The more colors you have the more festive!
Other helpful hints to help your cookies turn out better than our from the original recipe are: “Roll each log in parchment or waxed paper; twist the ends of the paper closed. To help the logs keep their round shape, set each in a cardboard paper-towel roll that you have sliced open lengthwise.
To remember what colors you have already used, with crayons, draw the designs onto key tags; tie the tags onto the paper covering the logs. Chill logs until they are solid, about 1 1/2 hours.
Cut 15 inches of dental floss (or double thickness of thread). Let log soften for about 10 minutes. Remove parchment. Wrap floss around log and pull through. Make the slices thin: 1/4 inch or less.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place slices on an ungreased baking sheet (lined with parchment paper). A grown-up should bake the cookies 12 to 15 minutes, until firm but not browned. Let cool on baking sheet for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.”
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Thanks for reading my, Izzie’s, 1st baking adventure. Share your failures, successes, or redeemable baking adventures!
To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

1st Story Time

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Tuesday this summer we will be going to the public library for story time with Ms Mary! We choose the early time due to Maggie and Izzie’s nap schedule so we will end up going with several local daycares. There were ~100 kids 3-years-old to about 6th grade. This class is open to toddlers but already 3s were probably the youngest in this group.
Maggie and Izzie did fairly well; even through Ms Mary explaining the rules, schedule, and expectations for the entire summer. By the time the story reading actually began it had already been about 30 min of me trying to get Iz to sit down. She is usually pretty loud so I was proud that she never had a melt down even though she stood the majority of the time. Thank goodness she was only as tall as most of the kids while seated. Maggie really enjoyed her self once the story started. She tried inching her way to the front (we were sandwiched between daycares). Both girls being around so many other children and attempted to make new friends the whole time.

Intrigued!Notice the blur…not sitting very stillOur friend, Emily from church is wondering what Mags is doingCrawling, non-stop moving Izzie RuGet’n comfy

Our Town

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Last Year’s “1st Time Around the Block”

Last year around this time we were living in a different town, in a different house, with only 2 babies instead of 3. This was my original idea for something fun to activity play with my (then) almost 2-year-old. Masking tape on carpet + big blocks= roads and buildings. I mapped out the town while she was down for nap, using the tape as an outline for the roads and the Xed out sections where of course going to be the city blocks where building were. Silliness. Although it was a good exercise in sorting by color and then stacking/building blocks, it was not practical, especially for her age. She could care less about the “buildings” and it only made sense to drive ON the tape…not in between.

We did have fun though. “We” even used other toys in our town:

Curious George by the YELLOW buildings of course

Our King Kong on a tall tower

And every town needs a flying Superman!

My perfectionist self did finally let my kid play…hehe

A year later we tried this fun activity again.

This is NOT our “1st Time Around the Block”

- Stress - Expectation – Details - mom-input + a sibling= FUN!

bahaha Roads, roads, and more roads for all of our cars and little people. This is a product of a rainy day, 2 energetic toddlers, a desperate mom (who was trying to make lunch), and 1/2 a roll of painters tape. *Bonus: it’s Still on the floor~ covered by the playroom area rug. I’m love’n it!

My 3-year-old (in June, as she’d tell you) daughter, Mags kept coming to the kitchen to tell me, “the cars keep ‘getting’ the little people.” She had to help each, individual, little person go to bed so they’d be safe from the cars “getting” them (yeah, I know…I don’t get it either). and Yes…entering the kitchen each and Every time she successfully helped a little person make safely to bed to announce her accomplishment. That’s a LOT of little people to help in one morning.